Presidential candidate Donald Trump gives restaurant businesses new marketing lessons.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Q: Is it true there really is no such thing as bad publicity? A:To answer this question, let’s look no further than Donald Trump, the ultimate publicity machine. This past summer, Trump stole the nation’s attention, generating extensive media coverage from critics predicting that his controversial...
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Pumpkin spice and all things autumn have found their way onto the menus of many a quick-service operator. It might appear that the seasonal market is rolling toward oversaturation, but new data from the NPD Group shows that fall flavors boost sales and foot traffic. “The fall is a time that we are...
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Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza announced that it signed a multi-year endorsement deal with global icon and NBA All-Star LeBron James. As one of the company’s founding investors along with Maria Shriver, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner, film producer John Davis, and leading investor Paul Wachter, this...
Table service restaurant concept launches Millennial friendly counter model.
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Johnny Rockets may have fallen to earth—but it has a new rocket in its pocket. After sales at the 1950s-style diner chain softened amid a sea of better-burger competition, new management recognized there was still serious equity in the brand, and that the format doesn’t need a bulldozer so much as...
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Five years ago, Bojangles’ introduced a new catchphrase to illustrate the cult-like following the regional chain enjoyed. “It’s Bo Time” has become synonymous with the brand, and now the advertising agency behind the slogan is hoping to recreate the magic, but this time through a more visual medium...
QSR brands compete for best speed and accuracy in drive through restaurant operation.
Special Report
As dayparts blur and customers increase their demand for more convenient and higher-quality food, the drive thru represents both a great opportunity and a potential pitfall for many restaurant operators. Mobile payment and ordering have started to creep into the drive thru, with brands like...
Texas based QSR brand serves European street food in fast casual setting.
Emerging Concepts
From Turkey to Germany to Texas, the star of the show at VertsKebap has had quite a journey. The menu at this Austin, Texas–based chain is designed around the döner kebap, a Turkish street food brought by immigrants to Germany, where it became a popular fast-food option. A kebap includes meat...
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This weekend, the East Coast could see heavy rains and wind, as well as some flooding, as Hurricane Joaquin makes its still undetermined path. In recent years, storms like Irene and Sandy have demonstrated that preparedness—for both individuals and businesses—should extend beyond Florida and the...
Top QSR chains leverage big data numbers for restaurant business success.
In April, Josh Patchus began his new job at Cava Grill, the upstart Washington, D.C.–based fast casual.In a world of cooks and cashiers, marketers and managers, Patchus acknowledges that his title—chief data scientist—is an odd one, seemingly out of place at the emerging 14-unit Me
It’s a rainy Monday morning in downtown Park Ridge, Illinois, a Rockwellesque suburb on Chicago’s northwestern edge.
Quick service restaurants discount to attract new, price conscious customers.
Q: Other restaurants seem to be moving away from 99-cent-and-under value menus. So what is the right discounting strategy? A: True, McDonald's has replaced its Value Menu with the Dollar Menu & More, and Wendy's 99 Cent Menu has been reconceived as the Right Price Right Size menu.
QSR chains explore new real estate site selection strategies to maximize business exposure.
In recent years, many limited-service brands have re-evaluated their ideas regarding new restaurant locations.
Top QSR burger brand Shake Shack had successful IPO stock offering.
When Shake Shack went public in January, its shares were priced at $21. The next morning, the stock began trading at $47 per share, and in May, the price peaked at nearly $97.
QSR brands roll out new healthy menu items like nutritious salads.
It’s a rite of passage: In August, well before the actual fall season begins, limited-service brands—especially those among the coffee, doughnut, and bakery-café categories—trip over each other to be the first to market with all fashions of fall-themed goods, from apple-pie this to